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High rating because of the Mormon History. The trail condition did not allow easy access to the lake.
Their was about a 10 ft. drop early in the hike that I did not want to take my grandson down. Would of preferred to have gone to the lake. High rating because the road leads to dozens of hike options that are some of the best in the area. You can easily spend two weeks here and not tire of the area. The road was extremely wash boarded and would of taken over 6 hours to travel their and back if you did it none stop. Easily doable in a two wheel drive SUV when I went. Road conditions subject to change, check with local authorities, or other travelers before attempting.
Great hike. Zebra was chest deep in water in places. Just made it more fun. Tunnel slot also had deep water. tunnel is very short. Hiked through and then followed the narrow canyon and over the slick rock back to the trail head. Great all the way.
If your going all the way to the river, plan on 4 days. It can probably be done in 3 but we took it slow to take in the scenery. Got to the arch the first day and decided to hike back out on day two instead of continuing because we had a plane to catch.
You'll be crossing ankle deep water many times so wear appropriate foot wear.
Read several reviews warning there wasn't many places to hang hammocks so we opted for the tents. But there were plenty of available sites where you could hang.
Would definitely do this again if I lived closer.
Starting at the Hurricane Wash trailhead, the trail starts out pretty "bland" but about 2-3 miles in you start to enter small canyons. When you enter Coyote Gulch it's spectacular.
Jacob Hamblin's Arch is really large, but the cavern nearby that you have to go around to get to the other side is even more impressive. It felt like being in a huge cathedral.
Highly recommend! Really great hike and backpacking stay.